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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Teen accused of stabbing man on busy street

Darren Donovan is charged with assault causing harm and possession of a knife (stock picture0
Darren Donovan is charged with assault causing harm and possession of a knife (stock picture0

A young man was repeatedly stabbed on a busy city street in what gardai believe was a planned attack by a group of youths, a court heard.

One of the youths, Darren Donovan (18), is facing trial on charges arising from the incident on June 27.

Mr Donovan, of Parslickstown Gardens, Mulhuddart, is charged with assault causing harm to the man and possess- ion of a knife at Fleet Street.

Gardai maintained that a Travellers' feud was behind the alleged attack.

Gda Dara Kenny alleged that the accused and three other youths spotted the 24-year-old man and chased him.

It was alleged that Mr Dono-van took a knife from his trous-ers and attacked the man, who was allegedly stabbed twice in the torso.

The court heard the incident happened on the day of the gay pride parade and Temple Bar was thronged with people.

The alleged victim suffered a wound to his left finger, a slash injury to his face and two puncture wounds to his chest.

Gda Kenny told Dublin District Court that one of the group who assaulted the man said "there he is". He said "it seemed the attack was planned".

A co-accused has already been sent forward for trial.

A book of evidence was served on Mr Donovan and Judge Michael Walsh returned him for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

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